He Saw and Believed
The apostle John, the evangelist, is a wonderful man of faith. If his brother James could be described as a “go-getter” John is the one who is more like Mary, the Mother of God, treasuring things in his heart. If Peter is seen as impulsive, John is more reflective. He does not go into the tomb right away, but when he sees, he believes.
John has a privileged place in the heart of Jesus, if, as many scholars believe, is the beloved disciple. John tells the story of Jesus, but often, most often in fact, with the main characters not identified by name. He does not identify himself. Mary is only referred to as the mother of Jesus.
But this is done to highlight what John sees as the most important aspect of any person: their faith. John has seen and believed, and as such proclaims what he saw and believed to others.
John serves as a reminder to each one of us that while the gift of faith is indeed awesome, it becomes fulfilled when we share that faith with others. It becomes fulfilled when we use our faith by praying for others.
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